Blackheads on the forehead are the small bumps (acne) that occur when skin pores (hair follicles) are filled with sebum and dead skin cells. Exposure to air causes the oxidation, turning the tip black.
Active oil glands are responsible for the development of blackheads. Adolescents going through puberty deal with the condition daily. During these years, blackheads are predominant in what the beauty industry calls the T-zone – forehead, nose and chin. They appear on other parts of the body.
Attributed to the causes of blackheads on the forehead are natural chemical changes, personal hygiene and prescription medicines affecting the body’s hormonal balance. Puberty triggers hormones in male and female adolescents. As nature instigates chemical changes in the body, the appearance of blackheads increases as part of life’s maturing process.
Less than one in five adolescents experience acne. The statistics are about the same for scarring due to incorrect methods of extraction, or poor skin routines.
The color of blackheads makes them more noticeable even though they are flatter than pimples. Unlike pimples blackheads resist inflammation. Common symptoms of blackheads include:
It’s tempting, and many do squeeze the blackheads. If the procedure is not done correctly you may permanently scar the skin. Professional services can help with the extraction and prevent scarring.
Using the wrong cleansing methods can aggravate the condition. Irritating the skin with abrasive scrubbing is an invitation for bacteria or skin infections. The result is inflamed skin. Over cleansing to reduce the excessive oil can have the opposite effect – the body responds to dry skin by increasing the oil production leading to more blackheads.
A dermatologist is a medical expert on skin conditions. They diagnose and treat disorders of the skin, hair and nails. In treating blackheads, they use an instrument called a round loop extractor to remove the contents from a clogged pore.
For the best results, scheduled skin routines need to start before the condition worsens. Unfortunately, most wait until the skin has become infected or developed a serious skin issue needing to be treated by a specialist.
There may be underlying health issues contributing to conditions such as eczema or rosacea, making it difficult to treat blackheads. Left untreated or ignored the skin conditions and blackheads will worsen.
There are several alternatives for treating blackheads comprised of home remedies, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments, prescription medicines and therapies. The medical treatments administered by a dermatologist (doctor) and the beauty treatments performed by a cosmetologist will vary – both have benefits of treating blackheads.
You can prevent blackheads without spending a lot of money. Skin is sensitive to chemicals, so be sure to follow the instructions and use the correct dosage. Here, more is not better.
There are many retail skin care products available ranging in prices and ingredient composition promising results. They don’t always work for sensitive, younger or older skin types with blackheads. Take the time to read the labels and if you have questions, talk with a skin care expert.
All medicines should be stored in an airtight container – at room temperature, away from heat, moisture and direct light. Left unmonitored even the simplest form can cause harm.
1. Are blackheads contagious?
No, but they will spread if you don’t clean your skin regularly.
2. Do I need to see a doctor?
For minor conditions daily cleansing routines will help care for the problem. Inflammation of the skin is a problem. It can lead to serious health disorders. If the condition persists, see a doctor.
3. Will I get better results with professional or home treatment?
Depending on the severity of the conditions. Regular home care is effective when using the right products and techniques. Regular visits to the doctor or therapist can help with extractions and skin conditions.
4. What’s the best way to get rid of blackheads?
The best way to get rid of blackheads is to take care of yourself and learn more about your skin and how to treat blackheads.
5. Can blackheads be prevented?
Yes, by using approved salicylic acid, retinol creams and facial masks, you can control and manage the buildup of oil and eliminate the dead skin cells that cause blackheads.
6. Can past scars be healed?
It depends on the size of the scar. A skin specialist can explain the procedures that work best for your skin type and condition. There are methods of reducing the scar's appearance.
7. How common are blackheads?
Blackheads are more common than we think. The largest population segment are young females and males, followed by certain industry environments - workers are exposed to pollutants that cause the skin’s pores to clog.